From strollers to organic baby clothes, to breastfeeding gear and everything in between, last week’s ABC Kids Expo 2014 in Las Vegas gave thousands of baby, kids, and parenting gear vendors the chance to unveil their top picks to buyers and media alike. The event was also a major attraction for Hollywood, with star moms like Ali Landry and TV personality Jenn Brown walking the halls to browse the many booths.
Celebrity Baby Scoop guest correspondent Vanessa Antonelli was also on the scene checking out the latest and greatest baby and kids gear. She sat down with Ali Landry to get her take on the event and the top new product launches of 2015 to look out for. The actress and model mom-of-three shared why she was excited to be at ABC Kids Expo.
“There are almost a million square feet of baby products!” Ali said. “There is no way a human being can get through this entire show and see all of the products…The ABC Kids Expo show is my Disneyland.”
Ali also revealed her favorite product of the show: “I would have to say that one of my top favorites is the new donna transformer car seat. It is not out yet, but it will be coming out soon. It is basically a car seat that turns into a stroller–it has wheels!”
During the chat, Ali also shared what inspired her to become a Child Passenger Safety Technician.
“I heard a story about a woman whose child was the same age as my daughter at the time, and he was in the wrong car seat, which was improperly installed as well. He died in a car accident. It really touched me, because that easily could have been me. I thought, this is a conversation that no one is having and we need to start talking about it.
She went on to discuss her annual star-studded Red CARpet event that helps to educate the public about proper car seat installation and must-know car safety tips. Once exclusive to celebrities, the Red CARpet event is now open to the public for the first time this year.
“Parents are going to walk in and we are going to measure the height and weight of your child and give you suggestions for car seats that might be good for you,” Ali shared. “Then we are going to start that conversation and talk about reading the instruction manual, looking at the manual for your vehicle, how many people are in your vehicle, where will the child sit…it’s really about educating and having that conversation.”
Ali also chatted about her popular favored.by app that helps parents make smart purchasing decisions.
“We launched in March/April,” she shared. “Being a new mom, I kind of started this for very selfish reasons. I was trying to make the best purchasing decisions for my family and I was asking my friends for advice. With the app, moms, parents, and grandparents pick their number one item in a given category in the baby/child space.”
See the entire interview below!
Vanessa Antonelli is a premier modern baby gear expert and experienced nursery designer who has worked with a number of celebrities, most recently Kendra Wilkinson, Rosie Pope, and Kevin & Danielle Jonas. She is also the proprietor of NessaLee Baby, a luxury baby boutique in the NJ/NYC Metro area – a store devoted to today’s modern baby, including: gear, furniture, clothing and accessories. When she’s not helping new parents pick out what’s best for their babies (without having to sacrifice comfort or their own style), Vanessa designs unique spaces for today’s tiny tykes – planning out each nursery and playroom with functionality and style in mind.